Salaam - I am a Quranist and I really believe that the term Quranism is simply a term to describe muslims who believe the Quran is the sole source as opposed to ppl who say they are other sources besides the Quran. Quranists are still muslims and we are not saying we are right and others are wrong. We are not saying we are the only "True" muslims and the others are "polytheists" or "kafirs". Not at all. Alhamdulillah we are Quranists, we are muslims, we believe in the whole complete Quran and the Quran unites us all. We believe in Unity NOT Uniformity!
Promoting individual logical pondering and reflection of our Creator's Words (as instructed by the Quran) as opposed to the Hive-Mind forced thinking of the masses
The terms Quranism/Quranists are needed to communicate effectively and honestly. Here are some articles which you might like:
This one is about the "just muslim" label http://www.quranists.net/2011/05/21/the-muslim-label-%E2%80%93-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too/
This one is "Justifying the Quranist / Quranism labels"http://www.quranists.net/2011/04/27/justifying-the-quranist-quranism-labels/
"Quranism is not a sect - here is why"http://www.quranists.net/2011/04/22/quranism-is-not-a-sect-here-is-why/
Quranism is not a sect, it's an approach. There are lots of articles about why Quranism is not a sect and what a sect is on the Quranists.net website. If you define a sect as having a differing opinion about something then even the 4 madhabs within Sunni islam would be sects. But they are just differences of opinion. And sects are only sects because of the mentality of "We are right and you are wrong" . If everybody just agreed that we all believe in 1 God, Allah and we are all doing our genuine best to do what He wants us to do, then we should all get along fine. It's actually only when ppl start judging others instead of letting ppl just get on with it that there is tension or division.
I actually like that people have different opinions, and ponder and think about stuff instead of following blindly. It's quranic in fact. 17:36 for example talks about checking before you act, 23:68 is a good one too about pondering / reflecting on the words. And to answer the question I understand this website to be for anyone who has an open mind or who wants to try to see things from different perspectives because it's a forum where there are a lot of different views expressed. I have seen a lot of reasoning based on evidence produced from verses in the Quran on this forum. People tend to contribute what they have studied or pondered - like note sharing. I prefer this to being told how to interpret by scholars, imams, religious leader etc.
Some people don't like the term "Quranists" and insist on calling themselves "Muslims" or "just muslims" - It's almost like saying that the term Muslim is for "OUR" exclusive use. To me that is creating a "them and us" situation which is divisive and saying WE are in the fold of islam and THEY are not in it. I think that a more inclusive approach is to acknowledge that we are all muslims and that some have a different/similar approach than what the Quran teaches. Some approaches are based on Quran plus other sources considered divine and Quranist approach is where the Quran is considered the only source of islam. There are many types of muslims (female muslims, male muslims, old muslims, young muslims, rich muslims, poor muslims, practising muslims, non-practising muslims, married muslims, divorced muslims, single muslims etc etc I believe that when a muslim uses the approach of Quranism, they can be described as a quranist muslim - it's a description. I don't believe descriptions are anything to do with sects. Just my thoughts on it
Peace and Salaam